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Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 16 May 1876

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asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government have come to a final decision on the subject of the extradition of the prisoner demanded by the Government of the United States, and when the Papers relating to the subject will be presented to this House?

, in reply, said, that Winslow, the prisoner alluded to, was still in custody. The application for his release was a second time postponed for 10 days on the 13th instant, in consequence of a representation made to the learned Judge by the Attorney General. That representation was made on the ground that a Note had been written by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the United Chargé ďAffaires in London in answer to the last representation received by Her Majesty's Government from the Government of the United States. The Note of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs had not reached Washington on Saturday last when the release of the prisoner was asked for, and on that ground the learned Judge granted the postponement. With regard to the Papers which his hon. and learned Friend had asked for, they were in preparation, and would be presented to the House as soon as the Correspondence had closed.

My hon. Friend has not answered my Ques- tion, which was whether Her Majesty's Government had come to a final decision on the subject?

:I thought the answer might be inferred from what I have said. The Government could not come to a final decision on the matter until they received the answer from the United States Government to the Note addressed to them by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.